Archive for March, 2007

Letters from the Founders

Question

The Olympic Truce for the modern Games is a utopia – it cannot be applied because conditions in the world today are different than 3000 years ago – And even then the extend to which truce was applied in ancient Greece is questionable.

Answer

3000 years ago the human race was composed of dreamers and pragmatists; warmongers and Peace activists, Poets and Physicists, Rich and Poor – Kings and servants – Traders and Artisans.

Today none of these elements are any different than 3000 years ago. And none I personally believe will be any different in the future.

Our world will always have a variety of people all living and aspiring their dreams simultaneously and many times in diametrically opposite directions.

The truce provided that everyone could attend and participate in their own way – And the rules of the Games reduced Rank; economic position etc to an absolute level – playing field for the competitors; so the best could be proclaimed victors.

In today’s Games Truce the Father and Mother of the eternal Olympic spirit is quite alive and well – albeit IGNORED!! By the media and the masses.
We believers though seen it; we saw it most vividly at the Sydney Games.

Korea

There two warring countries – forming one nation decided to HOLD THE TRUCE for fifteen days and go to the Games in Peace with their armies still facing each other across the demilitarized zone – in the Korean Peninsula while their Olympians took the Olympic Oath and paraded and competed together in Peace under the eyes of the whole world.

Korea Olympics

These Olympians practiced the Ancient Olympic Truce Law.

We congratulate the two Korean governments and their respective Olympic Committees for their vision and ask them to practice the Olympic Truce they dreamed of at the Sydney Olympics in all future Olympiads

To the Korean nation!

Korea Olympics

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Letters from the Founders

Letters from the Founders

The modern Olympic games is a truly International gathering of athletes who come together to compete – and choose the best in their chosen field.

In this respect the slogan citius, altious, fortius truly represents this aspect of the Games.

But the Olympic games are indeed more than just that. The Games have a social aspect, bringing together millions of people as spectators and thousand of others as volunteers.

The games also have an economic aspect for the athletes, the host city, the local and international business; they even have a political aspect – ranging from apartheid (Montreal) to exclusion of athletes due to their origin (Berlin)to murder of athletes (Munich) and to boycott (Moscow) and (Los Angeles).

Naturally whenever any one of these different aspects of the games faulters the games themselves and the Olympic spirit suffers.

In The ancient tradition the glue that held all these aspects of the games together was the Olympic Law of Truce; given by the Oracle at Delphy to Iphitous, Lycourgos and Pisa the law commanded that the games be held under conditions of peace. This law made the distant trip to Olympia and back, for visitors and athletes of combating cities, safe .

Mimicking the Gods the law temporarily elevated human dignity by setting aside vengeance animosity and anger .

The vision of the Monument of the Immortals is to revive the Olympic law of truce by building a monument to be the temple for the idea of “peace during the Olympic games” and foster thoughts and actions of modern olympians that nurture this olympic spirit.

The monument will honor the Olympian victors by having their name inscribed in their native language as a testament to their abiding by the Olympic Law of Truce. It will also provide all Olympians with a venue to articulate for future generations their very personal feeling and experiences of the Olympic spirit of the games, finally the monument will showcase these feelings to the visitor and subliminally challenge him to honor the Olympic truce during the Olympic games.

This was the way the ancients safe guarded their games.- this is the only way we shall be able to safe guard the modern Olympics both from terrorists and political bickering. The new slogan shall be citius, altius, fortius under conditions of Peace.

March 20, 2007 at 3:19 am Leave a comment

How Did the Monument Begin?

 About the Monument

The idea of the Monument of the Immortals was conceived by the co founders, at the S.A.E. Youth conference, in Hollywood, California, which was promoting, the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

The idea was born in contrast to the Athens 2004 promo clip that promoted Athens as a modern Olympic city, at the expense of the ancient city of Olympia where the actual ancient games were held. The idea was endorsed immediately by co founder Takis Antonakopoulos, a member of the Greek Parliament attending the conference on behalf of the Greek Parliament. The two co-founders then carried the idea to the S.A.E meeting in Thessaloniki where it was endorsed by the General assembly of S.A.E.

Since then the Monument has established two non-profit foundations in USA and Cyprus. It has also created its own logo, brochures and presentations.

The foundation identified a property for the erection of the Monument, one mile away from the ancient ruins.

It has contacted an international architectural design competition and it has assembled an international jury panel of professionals from USA, Bolivia, Israel, Greece and Cyprus in ancient Olympia, were according to Olympic tradition the three finalists were selected. The German team proposition won the Gold, the Canadian team won silver and the team from Netherlands won the bronze awards.

On August 22, 2004 the foundation revived the ancient inscription by creating a glass plaque with the names of the victors of the shotput event that took place in ancient Olympia. Thus joining the two Olympic eras.

On August 15, 2004 the foundation revived the ancient prose by creating the Olympia Immortals Album and had Olympians from Athens 2004 and other Games dedicate in it.

The foundation proceeded to create samples of the glass inscriptive for the Olympians names.

In November 2005,the foundation created the pictograms for the Olympia Immortals Album for the Winter 2006 games in Turin

The foundation is presently fundraising with its Land Patrons program to purchase the land for the monument in Ancient Olympia, Greece.

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What is the Monument of the Immortals?

Hippias, a fifth century B.C. sophist from Elia, was the first to compile a catalogue of Olympic victors’ names from the first Games held in Olympia, Greece in 776 B.C. To revive this tradition of the inscription of the Olympic winners names in ancient Olympia we envision the idea of creating an international monument in Olympia the birthplace of the body, spirit and soul of the Olympic Games, an everlasting tribute to the efforts of every Olympic Victor – a lighthouse to the world of the Olympic ideas.

This Monument of the Immortals will embody the nexus of human strength, exalting every Olympic victor in history and giving them an eternal home in Olympia.

Olympia, Greece

As the Hippias of our times, the Monument of the Immortals Foundation will commemorate the world’s premier athletes – human symbol of excellence and peace who personify the Olympic ideas of ethos, friendship, participation, and fair play. The monument will inscribe and wishes (with IOC approval) to broadcast worldwide the names of the victors of the 2008 games and all future games, it will provide a meeting place for all the world’s athletes at the home of the Games, it will receive the Olympic Feast at the premises of the Monument and lastly but not least it will promote the Olympic Truce movement.

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